For many people, tattoos and piercings are an expression of their own identity. But for Rolf Buchholz, 60, it’s more like a way of life. And according to Guinness World Records, he now holds the record as the person with the most body modifications – 516.
According to the UPI news agency, the German-born Buchholz was not always so “prominent”. He got his first tattoo quite late, in his 40s, but he immediately became addicted to body art and began experimenting more with piercings.
Now, two decades after his first tattoo, Rolf Buchholz boasts a record number of alterations in his physical appearance. His body modifications include 453 piercings, 158 of which adorn his lips, tattoos, and two subdermal implants that protrude from the top of his head like a pair of horns.
The eyes of the world first turned their attention to Buchholz in 2010, when Guinness recognized him as the man with the most body piercings. At the time, her official count was 453, including 158 around her lips and 37 adorning her eyebrows.
The man also has scarification marks all over his skin and more than six subdermal implants around his wrists. About 90% of her body is also covered in tattoos, and not even her eyes have been spared from their extreme transformation.
Interestingly, of all her extreme procedures, Buchholz said the most painful experience was her palm tattoo. “It really hurts,” he said about his palms, which are covered in intricate tattoos. “I don’t have a lot of tolerance for pain.”
In 2012, Buchholz achieved another record to his name: the most body modifications. And since then, their inventory has only grown. Now it has at least 516 modifications.